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Working with Artist-in-Residence Nina Berman, YI Writers began the semester developing their own definitions of war, whether it involved conflicts between nations, battles between human beings and nature, or opponents in a board game. Through a generous consignment by Nikon, Inc., YI Writers learned photographic skills on Nikon D5000 digital SLR cameras, and used them to capture and convey their own interpretations of war.
War doesn’t only have to do with fighting to gain something. War doesn’t only mean that one has to be the best at something. War can also mean that someone gives up so much during the fight that they lose everything in the process.
These photographs tell the story of a father who entered the military, leaving his daughter behind. During the war her father was killed while guarding his site, leaving her depressed and devastated. In honor of her father, she creates a memorial for him showing that he not only made an impact during the war, but also made an impact during her life.